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HEMS Market to Grow, Despite Lag

May 16, 2012
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HEMS Market to Grow, Despite Lag

Even as deployments of smart grid infrastructure have accelerated in recent years, the once hyped home energy management (HEM) market has struggled to gain traction. Numerous trials have led to only a few cases of industry deployments and to anemic rates of consumer adoption. Today that is starting to change, and over the remainder...

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HEMS: Ready for Prime Time or Drive Time?

May 3, 2012
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HEMS: Ready for Prime Time or Drive Time?

With all of the technology at our disposal today—home control systems, wired and wireless networking, streaming media, energy monitors, automated lighting and shading, smartphone connectivity—you’d think that our houses would be a whole lot “smarter” and able to manage our home lives more effectively and efficiently. That’s what, of all things, some car companies...

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Green Phy: The Coolest Technology You’ve Never Heard Of

April 26, 2012
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Green Phy: The Coolest Technology You’ve Never Heard Of

A couple of years from now when you come home and plug your electric vehicle (EV) into a charger, there’s going to be a technology that sends the signal from the car to the charger and likely to a two-way smart meter provided by the electric utility. And chances are it’s all going to...

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Study: Smart Grid Market Will Exceed $10 Billion in North America

April 18, 2012
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Study: Smart Grid Market Will Exceed $10 Billion in North America

The Continental Automated Buildings Association has completed a collaborative research study to identify, define and size the principle business opportunities presented by the growth of smart grids in relation to intelligent buildings. CABA’s “Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings” research study estimates that the North American smart grid marketplace will reach $8 billion in...

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Can Facebook Get People to Save Energy?

April 4, 2012
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Can Facebook Get People to Save Energy?

Can social media inspire people to improve their home’s energy efficiency? Energy information company Opower is about to find out. The company, in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Facebook, has launched a social media app that allows participants to compare their energy usage and compete against one another. And this...

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Top 10 Smart Grid Trends to Watch

March 29, 2012
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Top 10 Smart Grid Trends to Watch

Will home area networking be a big or trivial part of smart grid services being rolled out by utilities? Will a cyber attack on the grid force stronger security standards? And will many in the United States still oppose smart meter rollouts because of unfounded fears? These and other questions are answered by Pike...

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Is Energy Management via Powerline the Answer?

March 21, 2012
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Is Energy Management via Powerline the Answer?

When we think of home networks, we often think in terms of Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet connectivity, or maybe mesh technologies like Z-Wave or ZigBee. The same holds true for home energy management networks that send energy usage data around and allow you to turn on and off components to save energy. But there...

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Smart Grid and HAN: How Will it Work?

February 29, 2012
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Smart Grid and HAN: How Will it Work?

When smart grid services arrive from electric utilities, will home energy management products come in a package of people’s choosing—or will utilities specify what home networking systems can connect to their electric meters? Most electric utilities are still very much in the pilot phases of their smart grid rollouts and plans, testing systems and...

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Smart Energy Summit: 60% of U.S. Homes with Energy Management by 2022

February 24, 2012
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Smart Energy Summit: 60% of U.S. Homes with Energy Management by 2022

Research firm Parks Associates forecasts that over 60 percent of U.S. households will have energy management technologies, deployed by utilities, service providers, or retailers, by 2022. Retailers, service providers, and utilities are all entering the U.S. market for energy management, which will help drive annual subscription revenues from these systems to over $180 million...

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Here Comes Smart Grid 2.0?

February 23, 2012
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Here Comes Smart Grid 2.0?

Is this the year the so-called smart grid takes off, and millions more two-way communicating smart meters are installed to bring energy-saving programs and better efficiency to homes and businesses across the United States? Will we soon be able to wash our clothes or dishes or charge electric vehicles at times that are less...

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